Saturday, November 22, 2014

Living History: The Nina and Pinta to Dock in Houma



If your Frugal Family Travelers are a fan of living history, you will not want to miss an opportunity to visit what is called "the most historically accurate replica of the ship ever built", spoken of Christopher Columbus' the Nina, which will be docked, along with a replica of the Pinta, in Houma, November 27-28 and December 1-5.

The Nina was built using hand tools and designed to be a floating museum to educate the public about the caravel, which was a Portuguese ship used by many early explorers.  Both the Nina and Pinta are part of the Columbus Foundation and travel to various ports of call to share the rich history surrounding Columbus' historic voyages in discovery of the new world in 1492.

A visit here would be an amazing activity for those with family in town this week for Thanksgiving. Groups of 15 or more qualify for a $5 group rate.   What a great opportunity to get up close and personal with history with YOUR Frugal Family Travelers
    

Frugal Family Travelers gives this location four "waves of fun"!!

Cost:  Admission for self-guided tours:  Adults - $8; Seniors 60 and older -  $7; Children 5-16 -  $6; 4 and under - Free (No Reservations Necessary)

Hours of Operation:  9-5:00 p.m.
  
Note:   $5 per person group tickets are available for 15 or more persons by either booking online (click here), by email, columfnd1492@gmail.com or by calling 787-672-2152.  

Directions:
The ships will be docked at the Downtown Marina on Park Avenue across from the Terrebonne General Medical Center.

 Physical address of marina is 309 Goode Street, Houma, LA 70360
(Click here for Google Maps)

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Cool Temps at Couturie Forest!

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If you are a fan of City Park in New Orleans and are planning to visit soon, consider exploring the Couturie Forest.  Nestled within the park, Couturie Forest is an 80 acre paradise consisting of trails which outline 8 different ecosystems.  The forest is also home to New Orlean's highest point, Laborde Mountain, which measures 43 feet above sea level.  I know, I know many of you who were born and raised in this area are probably exclaiming that "Monkey Hill" in the Audubon Zoo is the highest point but in fact, that isn't true.  Laborde Mountain surpasses Monkey Hill by nearly 16 feet!! :)   Our Frugal Family Travelers recently paid a visit here.  We enjoyed the scenery on the various hiking trails and loved exploring Laborde Mountain.  This is also a GREAT location for those who enjoy bird watching!  Combine this with our Crescent Park Itinerary and with a detour to Cafe' Du Monde and you will have a full day of adventures fit for any Frugal Family Travelers!

Frugal Family Travelers gives this location four "waves of fun"!!

Tips: 
Pack water, sunscreen, and insect repellent!!

Be sure to check the area for letterboxes!!  To discover more about letterboxing Click Here to read the information previously posted on our blog.
  
Note:   We packed some great family board games and a blanket!  After our hike in the forest we found a place to relax and picnic in City Park!
Directions:
Harrison Ave. New Orleans inside City Park 
At the Top of Labore Mountain



Some of the Wildlife to be Encountered!
Relaxing at City Park after our Hike!

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Low Cost Family Festival: Talented Arts Program Celebrates Americana



The Talented Arts Program of the St. Tammany Parish Public School System will Celebrate Americana at their annual festival this Saturday, October 25th at Koop Drive in Mandeville on the grounds of the Kids' Town Pavilion.  The festival will take place from 10:00-2:00 pm and will showcase the learning which takes place in a Talented Art, Theatre and Music classroom.  If you have never attended one of their festivals in the past, you should certainly consider attending this year.  Not only will you experience great music, art and theatre created by amazing students, but you will have an opportunity to create "make and take art", play games, purchase art and eat great food! This is an amazing festival suited for the entire family!  Our Frugal Family Travelers look forward to this event every year and the best part is the cost! At $5 per adult admission and $1 per student, it won't break the bank! 

Frugal Family Travelers gives this event four PLUS "waves of fun"!!

Tip: 

Bring the whole family and bring extra money for food and "make and take" art!



Cost:  $5 Adults; $1 Students

Directions:

Tammany Trace 



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Saturday, October 11, 2014

St. Tammany Parish Fishing Pier


As most South Louisianians know, hurricane Katrina caused heavy damage to the I-10 twin span, over Lake Pontchartrain, which connects Slidell, to New Orleans.   Rather than completely remove the old bridge, the St. Tammany Parish Government decided to transform a portion of it for recreational purposes, particularly, fishing.    Frugal Family Travelers recently paid a visit to the St. Tammany Parish Fishing Pier to view the beauty of Lake Pontchartrain.  The pier is located specifically at the I-10, Oak Harbor exit and can be accessed by the road adjacent to Gulf Coast Bank.   The facility has a welcome center with bathrooms and an automated kiosk to purchase entrance tickets.  We were a bit disappointed to discover that the twin span portion of the fishing pier is not yet open.  If you visit, you will notice a locked gate which prohibits access to that portion of the pier. That said, folks are allowed to fish on the boardwalk which will eventually provide access the bridge.  Adjacent to the boardwalk are two covered gazebos, which provide much needed shade and areas for cleaning fish at the stations provided.   Once full access to the bridge is granted, this will be an amazing place to access Lake Pontchartrain and spend a day fishing with your family!  However, its worth a visit but do not be disappointed, as we were, that the old twin span portion is not yet accessible.

Frugal Family Travelers gives this location three "waves of fun"!!
    

Tips: 
Bring sunscreen and water, must have proper fishing licence
   
Note:
Prices: 12 years of age and older, if fishing from pier, $3; 12 years of age and over not fishing, $1; Under 12 years of age, free
Vending machines for drinks and snacks are available.

Directions:
54001 E. Howze Beach Road in Slidell (click link to access location on Google Maps)
(Oak Harbor exit off I-10)







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Free Family Event THIS Weekend: Wild Things!



If you are looking for a great free festival event for the whole family then mark October 18th on your calendar and visit "Wild Things"!!  Sponsored and hosted each year by the  Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, "Wild Things" features canoeing, art exhibits, scavenger hunts, wildlife challenge course, tours, music and SO much more!   This is a day our Frugal Family Travelers look forward to every year! We were quite disappointed when it was canceled last year during the government shut down. We are certainly glad it's back this year!!


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Visit Fort Pike


If you are an avid follower of our blog, you have probably discovered that Frugal Family Travelers love the state park systems, not just in Louisiana but in other states, as well.   State parks provide folks with an opportunity to experience history, nature and outdoor recreation without breaking the bank!   Investing in a Louisiana State Park Pass is a great way to capitalize on additional savings for your family, especially if you plan to visit many of the state parks in Louisiana during the year. 

If you live in Louisiana or are a tourist planning a trip to this area, consider paying a visit to Fort Pike State Historic Site.   Located just outside of Slidell, in the outskirts of New Orleans, on the Rigolets, Fort Pike was completed in 1827, after 8 years of construction.  Frugal Family Travelers have visited this site numerous times, as it is close to our home.   My son and I recently spent a dad-son day here exploring all of the areas of the fort.  We even had a picnic!  Whether touring the historic grounds, exploring the fort, experiencing the beauty of the waterfront or learning the rich history of this site, there is something for all ages to discover at Fort Pike State Historic Site.

Frugal Family Travelers gives this location four PLUS "waves of fun"!!

Tips: 
Pack water, sunscreen, and insect repellent!!

Be sure to check the area for letterboxes!!  To discover more about letterboxing Click Here to read the information previously posted on our blog.
  
Note:  This is a great place to picnic!  

Directions:
27100 Chef Menteur Hwy, New Orleans, LA 70129







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